Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lyons Readies for Return against Reds

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lyons Readies for Return against Reds

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In his return to the big-league rotation tonight against division rival Cincinnati, Cardinals lefty Tyler Lyons has an idea what to seek and what to expect.

Familiarity is his answer to both.

"Just trying to translate (to the majors) the exact same thing I did in the minor-league season," Lyons said. "The same preparation, the same mind-set going into the game, and just trying to re-create that here. I think (it's) just keeping everything the same."

Lyons, 25, rejoins the rotation for his eighth start of the year with the Cardinals as a sub for righty Jake Westbrook, who is on the disabled list with a lower back strain. The Cardinals advertised Lyons' assignment as more than a cameo, and he could make as many as two starts, both of which will could come against the division rivals closest to the Cardinals in the standings. Lyons has started against the Pirates and Reds already this season.

In Cincinnati earlier this summer, Lyons allowed four runs on six hits through 5 1/3 innings. The Pirates scored three earned runs in six innings against him in his most recent major-league start, on July 30. The lefty won his first two starts and excelled with a quick tempo and fastball that had late life toward the bottom of the zone.

In his first four starts in the majors, he averaged 11 groundouts a game.

The Reds have hit .243 against lefties this season. That is the sixth-lowest in the NL. "I try not to get too caught up in who I'm facing. Just pitch my game," Lyons said.


Promoted Friday to add a fresh arm to the bullpen, rookie righty Carlos Martinez has yet to appear in a game, and manager Mike Matheny wants to find a spot for him soon. Martinez was scheduled to start for Class AAA Memphis on Friday, and he does offer an multiple- innings option as a backup for Lyons tonight. Matheny suggested that Martinez could also be used in a role similar to rookie Michael Wacha's new spot late-inning righty.

"We need to pitch him," Matheny said. …

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